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Off The Chart: 22 December 1989

Off The Chart: 22 December 1989

It’s Christmas! Well, actually, not quite, because we’re going back to this day in 1989 on this week’s Off The Chart and there was still one more chart to go before the big day. Still, all the constituent parts are in place: the usual complement of obscure and forgotten hits, all the new entries on the album chart, a look at the day’s goings-on, a quick jaunt over to Italy to look at their chart, and back home for the just-before-Christmas top five in full.

  • Which huge international hit turned out to be a rip off of an obscure Bolivian song?
  • Who was obliged to arrange a Christmas single at very short notice?
  • And had three hits in six months with other people’s songs?

Tune in and find out!


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There’s a podcast too!

For those of you who enjoy the nonsense we talk but don’t have time to listen to the music, we’ve put the talky bits together with some exclusive extras to make a podcast! ‘Twas the chart before Christmas 1989, and all through the podcast, not a creature was stirring, even though there were dogs, goldfish, goats, rabbits and an unexploded Scotsman. It’ll all make sense if you listen.

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Spotify playlists

If you’ve missed a previous edition they’re all on our Mixcloud page, or for a taster of the music we play, listen to our Spotify playlist Way Off The Chart including one track from each show!

We also have a Spotify playlist for our #ICEOTWF feature, including all (well, most) of the international hits we’ve played since the feature began in March 2017. There are all sorts of oddities in here, all of which were hits somewhere in the world but not in the UK!

Off The Chart: 12 May 1987

Off The Chart: 12 May 1987

Despite the confusion over lockdown rules, it’s perfectly safe to listen to this week’s Off The Chart at the same time as everyone else! Stay at home and join us for two hours of forgotten hits from this day in … read more

Off The Chart: 29 October 1989

Off The Chart: 29 October 1989

Don’t tune in at 19:00 or 18:14, but 21:00 hours sharp for this week’s Off The Chart! We’re heading back to this day in 1989 for two hours of hits, headlines and hokum including the usual brace of hits you’ve … read more

Sound of the Crowd – a Discography of the ’80s: Fourth Edition available now!

Sound of the Crowd - 4th Edition cover

Sound Of The Crowd: a Discography of the ’80s is the ultimate record collector’s guide to the 1980s. In the era of multi-formatting, picture discs, coloured vinyl, multiple remixes, funny shaped records and tiny CDs you could lose down the back … read more

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

Off The Chart: 23 June 1989

We’re approaching the end of the 1980s this week as we go back to 1989 on Off The Chart, so things are a bit weird with indie legends, raved-up cover versions and film themes all battling for chart supremacy. As … read more

Off The Chart: 11 November 1987

Off The Chart: 11 November 1987

We head back thirty years to this very day in 1987 on this week’s Off The Chart! Steve and Julian take you through some of the week’s less remembered hits, discuss the day’s events, pick three tracks from one of … read more

Off The Chart: 24 June 1987

Off The Chart: 24 June 1987

Back thirty whole years to 1987 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play the week’s forgotten hits, three tracks from a hit album, a track from the Canadian chart and the UK top five in full. … read more

Off The Chart: 18 February 1989

Off The Chart: 18 February 1989

What a week on Off The Chart: electric doormats, potential food poisoning and the UK singles chart from this week in 1989, including lots of hits you don’t hear very often and a top five you’ve already heard far too … read more

Review: Rewind Scotland, Scone Palace, 22-24 July 2016

Adam Ant at Rewind Scotland 2016

It’s Friday night. I’m in the grounds of Scone Palace, and a fifty-something man in a Choose Life T-shirt has just come up to me offering the largest hipflask I’ve ever seen, full of ‘homemade’ whisky. In the distance, Pat … read more

Off The Chart: 9 July 1987

Off The Chart: 9 July 1987

Live* from somewhere by the sea, the Off The Chart Roadshow revisits the chart of 9 July 1987. Steve and Julian don their Kiss Me Quick hats and play some forgotten hits of the week, three tracks from the featured … read more